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ASS/Dondorf “Prince” Playing Cards (52/52, NJ), c.1936-1939
Beautiful set of cards made by ASS c.1936-1939, shortly after the demise of Dondorf. The designs are those of Dondorf’s No. 402, its gorgeous “Prince” cards, made by Dondorf beginning in 1926. I suspect that these ASS cards are the same plates used by Dondorf, as the backs are the same and the faces of the cards look identical. The ASS name appears almost as an after-addition on the Ace of Hearts, and there is a tax stamp that was in use in Germany from 1936-1939.
The deck has 52 suited cards; it is missing its Joker. When made by Dondorf, it included a standard Dondorf joker. The cards are slightly large, measuring 92mm x 60mm, with gold gilt on the corners. The cards are currently housed in the inner box of a telescope type box that is not original to the cards.
The cards are in excellent condition, lightly used if at all, with most of its gold gilt intact, but with edge wear and evidence of handling. FWIW, the box is relatively clean but has general wear and is marred where it appears a tag was removed.
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